Mobile bingo has been around for a lot longer then you probably realise, but in the early days, the games were simple java based affairs where you were essentially competing against the game to win a small prize. As advancements were made in mobile technology though, it gave operators the opportunity to improve their services. Unfortunately not many of them did, and for many years mobile bingo seemed to be in limbo, with even big brands such as Foxy Bingo making no real effort to promote it as a viable alternative to playing online.
Over the past three years though, all of this has changed. The boom in smartphones and tablets means that players can effectively carry around a fully functioning computer in the palm of their hands. The quality of screens and graphics, improved processor power and faster internet connections means you can play the same games, against the same people, for the chance to win the same prize money, regardless of where you are.
These improvements in technology sparked an interest from players and the demand for a quality product made bingo brands sit up and take notice. They soon realised that they were missing out on what is potentially a massive market, after all who doesn’t own a smartphone these days? Slowly but surely all of the big software providers started to develop mobile versions of their platforms, and today we see the likes of Cassava, Cozy Games, Playtech and Probability Gaming all helping their partners reach a whole new audience.
There are basically two different routes to accessing mobile bingo and these are via a browser or by downloading a self contained app. With the browser based versions you simply head to the sites usual web address and log in with your existing details. The software will automatically know that you are a mobile player and redirect you to a version that is optimised for your screen size.
The alternative is an app and these are available for Android, Blackberry, iOS and Windows powered phones and tablets. To access these games, you will need to go to the relevant app store and download everything you need in one handy little package. These apps allow bingo sites to incorporate useful extras such as land based club locators and social network integration, helping them build up a community of loyal players.
If you want to dip your toes into the world of mobile bingo there are two sites you really should check out. The first of these is Mecca Bingo, as for a long time they have been a leader in the field and you can see they have spent a great deal of time developing a quality app. The other site is Costa Bingo, and even though they only entered the mobile market a few short month ago, they put many of the more established brands to shame. They are going all out to promote their new service and even have a range of exclusive promotions for their mobile bingo players.